The weather was so pleasant, it was enough to make me consider moving back! But then I remembered the snow that covers the ground for 3 months of the year and came back to my senses. ;)
We had a great time, staying at Mike's mom's (or Grandma G's) house with cousins Josh and Abbie. On Saturday everyone headed to the Erie Zoo, where they not only got to see animals, but also pirates and Ronald McDonald!
Sam grew some facial hair while hanging with those pirates!
Getting an autographed picture of Ronald McDonald.
Here are all the cousins who went to the zoo, posing on a termite mound.
Sunday we went to church in the morning, and then to the Lake Erie Peninsula, Presque Isle, for the annual Godzwa family picnic. It's always fun to see cousins, second cousins, third cousins, aunts, uncles, and several other relatives that I know are family but don't know exactly how. The Godzwas are great - it was fun to catch up with people we hadn't seen in awhile, as well as participate in the razzing (or being razzed) about sports teams and other fascinating subjects. Good food, too, including pepperoni bread!
Putting away some grub... er, hot dogs! We don't get to grill out much in our apartment, you know. ;)
I think Nate got his head shape from Mike's side of the family... Or he's just Uncle Jim's Mini-Me.
After the picnic we headed over to the beach. The best thing about Lake Erie is that it's big enough to feel like it's more than a lake, but you don't have the salty water, high winds or larger waves of the ocean. This particular beach, Beach 11, is on the bay side of the peninsula, so it is very shallow and calm, perfect for kids.
The water was a little cold, but the sand was really warm so Sam kept alternating between the two.
Levi enjoyed the sand more than the water.
Dave and Kelly, Tony and Corey, we missed you guys! Maybe next year?